Jan started her diverse and dynamic career in the early 1960s, working as a continuity girl in the film and TV industry. After ten years of rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, including working with household names like Roger Moore and Sammy Davis Jr, Jan changed direction and moved to Saudi Arabia to work for the United States Geological Survey.
Jan then developed her career with the running of several businesses, from a children’s boutique and wedding venue to a restaurant and wine bar, before being attracted to public life. Jan became the first female Chairman of the Chipping Norton Chamber of Commerce, and because that wasn’t enough, she was later elected Town Councillor and then Town Mayor of Chipping Norton. It was while serving as a non-executive Director of the Heart of England Training & Enterprise Council (TEC) that Jan made her first foray into motivational speaking.
During this already hectic period, Jan also found the time to be a wife and raise two children. Following the early death of her husband, in 1994, Jan took time out to study Chinese at the University of Taiwan, travel around China and backpack across the globe.
Even with experiences that were equal to two lives worth of adventures, Jan wasn’t close to being finished. In 1997, the lure of a world record breaking adventure was too much and before she knew it she was rowing the Atlantic Ocean with her son. In turn, ten years later she invited him to trek the North Pole with her. Jan has since tackled Mount Kilimanjaro but became ill and was forced to abandon her journey just two hours from the summit, and in 2014 successfully trekked to Everest Base Camp. For more information on her adventures take a look at Jan’s Expeditions page.